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Positive Corporate Peer Challenge Report concludes LGA remains “a strong organisation”

The report highlights the important role the LGA has played supporting councils to respond to a number of national crises in recent years, being seen by partners as “constructive”, “helpful”, “valued”, “candid” and “reasonable”.

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Investment in public sports facilities also vital – LGA on sport in schools announcement

“We are pleased to see the Government has recommitted to this investment and the principles of equal access to sport."

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More important than ever to sign up for health check – LGA responds to NHS Health Check data

Councils have done a tremendous job in inviting nearly 23.5 million eligible people to have a Health Check over the last 10 years, of which nearly 11 million have taken up the offer.

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Nitrous oxide ‘no laughing matter’ in communities – LGA on Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs report into nitrous oxide

“The problems caused by nitrous oxide in our local communities are no laughing matter. Councils are concerned that not only does it lead to a plague of anti-social behaviour but there is growing evidence that it can cause serious health problems for those who use it."

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Digital switchover alert as delays could put lives at risk and stifle growth, councils warn

Vital telecare equipment used by nearly two million older and disabled people, as well as traffic lights and cash machines, could cease to operate unless councils get more support with preparing for the upgrade to next-generation digital networks.

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LGA statement on University of Manchester study into COVID-19 in minority communities

"Inequalities were already having an impact on the health and wellbeing of ethnic minority communities, which the pandemic has now exacerbated further."

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Almost 60,000 homes sold through Right to Buy will not be replaced by 2030

100,000 homes are likely to be sold through the RTB scheme by 2030, with just 43,000 replaced as significant discounts leave councils without funding to replace the much-needed homes on a like-for-like basis.

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SEND measures ‘do not address cost and demand issues’– LGA on Government’s Improvement Plan 

“ It is good the Government has set out new national standards which will clarify the support available, and the focus on early intervention will also ensure needs are met more effectively."

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Urgent social care investment needed to meet demand – LGA on The King’s Fund report

“Councils and providers always strive to reflect, learn and improve, but it is becoming increasingly hard to fund even statutory services. We need to see urgent investment in adult social care that will ensure the best possible care for those that need it.”

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Homelessness numbers will continue to rise without urgent action – LGA on homelessness statistics

“Councils work incredibly hard to prevent the tragedy of homelessness from happening, as well as supporting those who find themselves affected and are very concerned at today’s statistics, which are from before the worst of the cost of living crisis hit families."